What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]

[Phone Number] | [e-mail]
September 17, 2019

Dear Mrs. Johnson,

When I found your job posting for the position of Accounting Internship with ABC Company, I immediately knew this was the summer internship for me.

I am currently a Senior at EdgeWater College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Throughout school, I have completed numerous projects revolving around accounts payable, accounts receivable, and month-end closings. Through these projects, I have gained in-depth experience with tools like Excel and Access.

Now that I am finishing out my academic career, I am beyond excited to apply what I have learned to the real world. I am not only excited about this position because it aligns perfectly with my background, but I have also been a big fan of ABC Company for years.

I am eager to learn more about bank reconciliations, business tax returns, and cloud-based accounting software. I also love that the Accounting Internship would allow me to learn from several functional areas, including revenue accounting, tax compliance, and fixed assets.

I am motivated, a hard worker, and am eager to learn. If given the opportunity to be an Accounting Intern, I assure you that I would work hard to make an impact on your team.

Please find my resume attached for you to review. I am looking forward to discussing this opportunity further!


How to write an accounting intern cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the accounting intern
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length